Bradwell B could give local area a boost – but campaign group BANNG says latest nuclear announcement is a step in the wrong direction

The former nuclear power station at Bradwell, which could be joined by a second

The former nuclear power station at Bradwell, which could be joined by a second - Credit: Archant

The creation of a new nuclear reactor site in Bradwell could drive forward a period of regeneration in the area.

That is the view of both Essex County and Maldon District councils which feel the closure of the former power station there had a negative effect on the region.

But campaigners against the proposals for Bradwell B say the whole scheme is a vanity project.

In a statement released jointly by ECC and MDC the councils hailed the deal which could “potentially bring significant economic benefits to the people of Essex”.

David Finch, leader of Essex County Council, said: “This announcement about the nation’s energy infrastructure will put Essex front and centre of the global nuclear market, providing jobs for local people with local skills and talent.

“This announcement provides an opportunity to help regenerate the local area as well as support the wider Essex economy.”

Miriam Lewis, leader of Maldon District Council, added: “We look forward to working with EDF and CGN to ensure the highest standards of operational and environmental safety whilst ensuring that the benefit of hosting this important element of national energy infrastructure is felt in Maldon and across Essex communities.”

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Andy Blowers, chairman of the Bradwell Against New Nuclear Group (BANNG), said while the news was disappointing it did not mean the campaign against a new power station in the area was over.

“There are very good reasons for feeling the Bradwell project will sink in the sand eventually,” he said. “I think it’s a vanity project.

“It’s a step in the wrong direction but it’s a step, it’s not the end.”

David Burch, director of policy at Essex Chamber of Commerce, said: “First of all in principal we welcome the announcements made today about the three new nuclear sites, particularly Bradwell.

“We very much hope that when we actually get to the point of seriously considering the construction of Bradwell B there will be opportunities for UK and Essex companies to bid for contracts.”